Originally Posted by Charles R
Other than in rare cases I think this desire to end things is silly. It's like saying you'll eat ice cream for two months and then quit. If you enjoy a show (I find the fact it will prematurely die not inherently improving it in and of itself). Of course there are exceptions like Hannibal
which would have been better served by quickly reaching its dramatic conclusion as its more story driven than character (for me).
Take a show like The Good Wife
and it matures like fine wine. Only getting better year after year. This so called new kind of television closed-ended midi-series
has been going on since TV was invented. Rich Man, Poor Man
is a perfect example from 1976 with Roots
following the next year (if I remember correctly). This year you have Hostages
among others I'm sure.
With the exception of a few PBS series made in the UK, where the concept of the midi-series is alive and well, it's never
done over here. Not in many years, since the golden age of mini-series ended (like 'Roots', 'Shogun', etc.). Even 'Hostages' which you mention, originally conceived to be a one-and-done series in the UK mold, is now slated to be open-ended. Which is why I'm skipping it.
For every show that actually improves years to year, like 'The Good Wife' (disclaimer: I've never seen it but I've read the accolades), there are many more that get bogged down in their own ponderous mythology. Even LOST, one of TV's best shows for 5 seasons, couldn't find a way to end it's increasingly convoluted plotlines gracefully. Procedurals, of course, are open-ended by their very nature. And they don't interest me in the slightest.Edited by archiguy - 9/13/13 at 8:15am